What’s the Southeast’s next big invasive species? It just might be the Burmese python. The giant snake, which can grow to 25 feet, is apparently working its way north from Florida, where it was introduced after escaping from pet shops that were damaged during Hurricane Andrew in 1992. Currently scientists at the Savannah River Ecology Lab in South Carolina are studying how the snakes survive in the regional climate. If the python is successfully able to introduce itself, it could have a big impact on the regional habitat by becoming a top predator that eats animals as big as deer and bobcats. Read more here.